Broadband buildout at standstill in most of R.I.

IN DISCUSSIONS: David Marble, left, CEO and president of OSHEAN Inc., a nonprofit whose objective is the creation of a broadband network in Rhode Island, talks with Mark Montalto, OSHEAN vice president of business development. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
IN DISCUSSIONS: David Marble, left, CEO and president of OSHEAN Inc., a nonprofit whose objective is the creation of a broadband network in Rhode Island, talks with Mark Montalto, OSHEAN vice president of business development. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
When Kristin Monje began working at the Block Island School 32 years ago, the most advanced technology in the building was an overhead projector. Monje remembers having to run a telephone line across a room to connect to the internet through a dial-up system. Now, with installation of a broadband network, the school provides laptop…

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  1. Agree 100%! RI will quickly be left on the wrong side of the new “digital divide” without access to affordable, resilient, and reliable broadband access.

    The superior transmission medium for broadband is via fiber optic cables, which New Shoreham is building to every premises. The signals are not subject to electromagnetic interference and travel long distances without requiring signal regeneration. Fiber infrastructure is “future proof” as capacity is seamlessly upgraded via swapping end-point electronics.

    I encourage everyone to review the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s white paper, “Why Fiber is a Superior Medium for 21st Century Broadband.”

    In closing, “If it’s not fiber, it’s not broadband” (and it is not even close).

    -Theodore Pietz